Fence For a Rescue German Shepherd Mix

A customer asks for the best system for a rescue German Shepherd mix.

Dear Stu,

I am looking at different models on your site and would love to have your advice before purchasing one.

We have a female german shepherd mix who is about 7 years old, about 45lbs. We’ve had her for 6 years. Last May, we moved from a large house with a large yard (that was very secure) to a small house with a small front yard. In our current home, the fencing is very cheap and does not keep our dog inside. She bends the fencing and digs her way out. Due to issues with our landlady, we can not replace the fencing. An electronic fence seems like a good solution, but there are several possible problems:

1. The yard is small, so having a 5 foot boundary cuts into about 1/3 of the yard space, not leaving the dog enough room to run or play.
2. We have two gates (front gate and driveway gate) with concrete underneath. How would we wire around a gate that’s meant to open and shut, and if we can’t pass the wire through concrete?
3. You’ve mentioned on your site that electronic fences will not keep a dog from running away. This is, essentially, our main goal. Is it realistic, then, to purchase an electronic fence?

Our budget is in the $150 range. Is one of the Innotek models our best choice?

Thanks so much for your time and advice.


Hi Aria,

I recommend the Innotek 2100 for your dog. It’s comes with 500 feet of wire that will cover up to 1/3 of an acre. To answer your questions:

  1. You can dial it down between 2 to 3 feet of boundary when combining it with a natural fence. Do you think that will provide your shepherd mix enough room to play?
  2. If you cannot find a groove or expansion joint in the concrete to run the wire down into the concrete, you could alternatively run the wire through a section garden hose over the driveway. If you can email me a sketch of your property, I can see if there would be any other solutions.
  3. I think you may have misunderstood us. Containment systems are designed to contain dogs 100% of the time. However, there is an element of unknown when working with pets that is predict. That is how your dog will respond. In the majority of cases, you will not have any issues containing your dog. In our experience, dog owners who buy our fences experience fully contained pets when they do three important things: (1) properly train their dog(s), (2) set the collar to the appropriate correction level, and (3) make sure the collar is fitted correctly. It does require all three of these to be successful.

Let us know if you need any further assistance!

Best Regards,

Wes Riojas
General Manager
Dog Fence DIY .com

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